‘Perspectives’ – An exhibition featuring artwork from detainees at the IRC

Tuesday 5th December – Saturday 9th December, 12pm – 5pm.

Outpost, 77 Fortuneswell, DT5 1LY

Admission FREE

We are hosting artwork by a selection of foreign nationals detained at the Immigration Removal Centre on Portland.

The work to be exhibited at Outpost – b-side’s project space on Portland, and will include work on a variety of themes with some large scale collaborative works. Some of the work to be shown in this exhibition is by men who have never created artworks before.

Sally Watkins, Social Engagement Programmer from b-side said:

“b-side endeavours to create opportunities for a variety of voices to be heard through the artworks we showcase. It’s been a pleasure to work with Amanda Knight, art tutor at the IRC and the detainees, to bring together a sample of their work to show at Outpost. The men we have spoken to have been eager for their work to be shown to the public. The work is about past places of importance and contemplation of the future as well as their experiences of indefinite detention.
With the closure of the IRC announced last month, it seems fitting to show this work now and to capture a moment in time on the island when a proportion of the population are so often unheard as well as unseen.”

All the work to be exhibited at Outpost will have been created in the art room at the IRC. The detainees have access to the IRC’s art room 4 days a week, during this time they work with art teacher Amanda Knight to create work for a variety of purposes. Some make work to send back to their families and some men take the opportunity to deal with the feelings they experience whilst being detained.

Several works within the exhibition have been created in response to the theme of souvenirs; creating a souvenir of home, whilst other works have been created over time as an outlet during what is a very uncertain period of their lives.

We look forward to seeing you at Outpost.